Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a feast in honor of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary: at whose solemnity the angels rejoice and join in praising the Son of God (Ps. 44: 2) My heart hath uttered a good word; I speak my works to the King. Glory be …
Almighty and merciful God, Who hast given us a picture of Thy most Blessed Mother to venerate under the special title of Perpetual Succor, mercifully grant us to be so fortified, among all the vicissitudes of this wayfaring life, by the protection of the same immaculate ever virgin Mary, that we may deserve to attain the rewards of Thine everlasting redemption. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
Epistle • Ecclesiasticus 24: 23-31
As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger; and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that hearkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin They that explain me shall have life everlasting.
Thou art all lovely and sweet, O daughter of Sion, beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army in battle array. (Judith 13: 22) The Lord hath blessed thee by His power, because by thee He hath brought to naught our enemies.
Lesser Alleluia • Luke 1: 28
Alleluia, alleluia. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 19: 25-27
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen His mother and the disciple standing whom He loved, He saith to His mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, He saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.
Offertory • Jeremiah 18: 24
Remember, O Virgin Mother, that thou speak good things for us in the sight of God, that He turn away His wrath from us.
By Thy clemency, O Lord, and the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a virgin, may this oblation profit us into eternal and also present well being and peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
Communion • Hebrews 9: 28
Most worthy queen of the world, Mary, ever a virgin, intercede for our peace and salvation, who didst bring forth Christ the Lord, the Savior of all.
May the august intercession of Mary, Thy glorious Mother, ever a virgin, help us, O Lord, that those whom it hath heaped with benefits it may deliver from all peril and by her tender kindness, make to be of one mind. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.